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Adams, John (1735-1826) Appointment of Charles C. Pinckney, John Marshall, and Elbridge Gerry ministers

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03592 Author/Creator: Adams, John (1735-1826) Place Written: Washington Type: Document signed Date: 22 June 1797 Pagination: 1 vellum sheet 31.9 x 31.9 cm

Summary of Content: Appointment of the three as ministers plenipotentiary to France, countersigned by Secretary of State Pickering. The negotiations resulted in the XYZ affair.

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Full Transcript: John Adams President of the United States of America.
To Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, John Marshall and Elbridge
Gerry ~ Greeting
Reposing especial Trust and Confidence in your Abilities, Integrity, Prudence, and
...Patriotism, I have nominated and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate do appoint you the said Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, John Marshall and Elbridge Gerry, jointly and severally Envoys Extraordinary and Ministers Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the French Republic, authorizing you and each of you hereby to do and perform all such matters and things as to the said Place or Office doth appertain or as may be duly given you and each of you in charge hereafter, and the said office to hold and exercise during the pleasure of the President of the United States for the time being.
In Testimony whereof I have caused the seal of the United States to be hereunto affixed. Given under my hand at the City of Philadelphia the Twenty second day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety seven, and of the Independence of the United States of America to the Twenty first.
John Adams.
By the President of the United States
Timothy Pickering Secretary of State
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People: Adams, John, 1735-1826
Marshall, John, 1755-1835
Pinckney, Charles Cotesworth, 1746-1825
Gerry, Elbridge, 1744-1814

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: PresidentDiplomacyGovernment and CivicsQuasi-warFranceXYZ Affair

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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